26 Jun 2010

Olsson upsets defending champion Houdet


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Sweden's Stefan Olsson reached his second Super Series final of 2010 on Saturday when he ended the men's main draw singles title defence of world No. 2 Stephane Houdet on an enthralling penultimate day at the BNP Paribas French Open in Antony, Paris.

World No. 3 Olsson, runner-up in April's Florida Open, the first Super Series event of the year, came within a few points of going out in the last four in Antony after being edged out of a close first set. However, after winning the second set on a tiebreak Olsson gained the decisive break he needed to see him through to a 57 76(4) 64 victory.

The third seed will now play world No. 1 Shingo Kunieda of Japan in Sunday's final after Kunieda kept himself on track for his second successive Super Series title with a comfortable victory over sixth seed Ronald Vink. In a contest between the winners of the first two Super Series finals of the season, Japan Open champion Kunieda defeated Florida Open champion Vink 62 61.

Di Toro fights back to beat Griffioen in thriller

World No. 5 Daniela di Toro of Australia stayed in the hunt for her second Super Series title of 2010 as she made a tremendous comeback in her women's singles semifinal against world No. 7 Jiske Griffioen.

Griffioen made a fine start as she took the first set with a confident display against former world No. 1 di Toro, but di Toro fought back to snatch the second set. Griffioen then had match points as the match entered the closing stages of the decider, but her serve let her down and she was unable to maintain her unbeaten record against di Toro for the season as the Australian etched out a memorable 26 64 76(6) victory in their third head-to-head of 2010.

Di Toro will now bid to repeat her victory in May's Japan Open final over world No. 4 Sharon Walraven after the Dutchwoman defeated first-time Super Series semifinalist Lucy Shuker (GBR). After taking a comfortable set and 4-1 lead against Shuker, Walraven found herself 5-4 down in the second set, but managed to force a tiebreak and saved a series of set points before finally wrapping up a 62 76(6) victory.

Andersson to face Wagner in quad singles final

World No. 2 David Wagner (USA) and world No. 3 Johan Andersson (SWE) will meet in their second Super Series final of the year when they contest the quad singles title on Saturday.

In a rematch of last month's Japan Open final, Wagner secured another straight sets victory over third seed Sarah Hunter, beating the Canadian world No. 5 63 62.

Meanwhile, Andersson will also try and win his second Super Series crown of 2010 after defeating his compatriot and another first-time Super Series semifinalist, Anders Hard, 61 62. The Swede will now attempt to repeat his win over Wagner in the Florida Open.

Andersson already has one title under his belt after he and Hunter won Saturday's quad doubles final against Dutch duo Dorrie Timmermans and Bas van Erp 60 61.

Top seeds win men's and women's doubles titles

Although missing out on the opportunity to challenge Kunieda in Sunday's men's main draw singles final, Houdet paired up with the Japanese player to win Saturday's men's main draw doubles final as both sets of champions from this year's Roland Garros event ruled supreme on Parisian clay once again.

Top seeds Houdet and Kunieda dominated their opening set in the men's final against Dutch second seeds Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink and went on to remain unbeaten for the season as they wrappped up a 61 64 victory.

Meanwhile, di Toro and Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands had a somewhat stiffer task in the women's doubles final, but still came through to beat the all-Dutch pairing of Griffioen and Walraven 75 63.

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Order of Play - Sunday, 27 June 2010

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